PhD in Education alumnus Doron Zinger has joined the School of Education as Director of the UCI CalTeach Program.
In this position, Dr. Zinger will oversee the academic program, work with coordinators and instructors to continuously improve and build a model program for secondary science and mathematics teacher preparation, and provide leadership on seeking external funding for both research and development efforts.
Zinger’s knowledge of science, his experience teaching biology at the secondary level, and his experience as a school administrator and teacher educator prepare him well for this position. He has taught teacher preparation courses, mentored future teachers, supervised student teachers, and directed the NOVA Academy Early College High School in Santa Ana.
His more recent activities as a graduate student also provide a strong theoretical foundation to inform his leadership, teaching, and research efforts. Much of his research has focused on science teacher learning, for both practicing and pre-service teachers. Drawing on theories of teacher learning and cognition, design-based research, and equity and inclusion in science instruction, Zinger asks questions about how to design learning opportunities for teachers that will improve their knowledge of science, their pedagogical practices, and ultimately students’ opportunities to learn.
Across all of Zinger’s work is a commitment to promoting equity and access for learners in science and preparing teachers to develop more equitable instructional practice. Taken together, Zinger brings extensive practitioner knowledge and research expertise that will only further the quality and rigor of CalTeach program.
Zinger earned his PhD in Education from UCI in 2018, specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UCI, a Master of Arts in Education: Cross Cultural Teaching from National University, and a Master of Arts in Education: Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.